Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
boehner to get into action. oklahoma congressman tom cole serves on the house committee and former head at one point, thanks so much for being on the program. >> thank you. >>> you surprised at all that you are at home in oklahoma right now and not in washington, d.c.? >> i'm going to be on an airplane tomorrow headed back. i think there is still a chance to get something done. these deals usually come together at the last moment. that's what happened at the budget and the debt ceiling deal and that will happen again. >> why are you cautiously optimistic when everyone said we are going to go over the cliff? >> to paraphrase ronald reagan, there is so much manure around here, there has to be a pony someplace. common sense takes over and nobody wants the taxes on 98% of the american people to go up. i think we can act quickly to take care of that and wish we have done so several weeks ago. at the last moment, the way they theses normally happen this can happen again. we have to put egos aside and putting the interest of the american people first. >> the house gop has a conference call. wh
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
, tom cole, a very conservative member from oklahoma, was urging his colleagues some time ago to get this behind them at the $250,000 threshold. so, i certainly think that there are that number of republicans who would vote for it. the question is, if it's in that range, if we're talking about only about 25 or so republicans, would the speaker bring that bill to the floor? and i think one of the reasons the negotiations are so tough in the senate is that mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader there, is trying to calibrate it so that the speaker can get more than 25. and of course, the more they try and do that, the more democratic votes they could potentially lose. so, that's why it is important as the senate negotiates this that they keep in mind that they've got to get it done here in the house. >> now, congressman, i want to play for you -- president obama was on "meet the press" yesterday. he was asked about sort of his willingness to make a deal here. i want to talk -- let's play that clip and i want to come back and sort of talk about how he's being viewed by democrats.